Hiring Demo Session Singers Online – Things to Consider

 

Hiring demo session singers online can be an awesome and convenient way to finish your songs. You may be a producer, songwriter, or composer who is sitting on some great music, but need to add “the center”. A compelling vocal that will convey the emotion of your music and make it connective with your clients, publishers, or listeners. We here at Songwriting Team get hired often to provide vocal talent to our clients and make their songs come alive. We’ve gone through this process countless times, and I decided that it would be a good idea to write a short post that covers what is to be expected and offer some tips and things to consider when hiring demo session singers online.

 

Choosing the right singer.

This is very important. There are some things that you will want to consider when hiring demo session singers online. If the singer isn’t a fit for your song artistically speaking then the song will not shine. Don’t feel bad if you don’t choose the right singer the first time. It happens. It isn’t anyone’s fault. But, take the following into consideration when choosing a studio vocalist for your song:

  • What key is the song in. Is the singer comfortable singing in that key?
  • Does the singers vocal range work with your song? They might be able to sing high notes, but maybe it gets thin up there. Is their strong point lower parts?
  • Do they like the style of music your presenting? If they do, they will feel awesome performing it. It won’t feel like a chore.
  • Make sure that you have heard samples of the singer that match the result that you are looking for!

 

Questions that you should ask before starting your project.

When hiring demo session singers online you want to make sure that you clearly understand the process. It’s never fun when there are surprises. Get clear with your vocal talent and producers before hiring the singer. The inter-web can be awesome, but it can also put a communication barrier in between you and the talent. Here are a some questions to ask before starting your project:

  • Does the singer record themselves or will you also need to hire a producer/recording engineer? Does the company that you are working with handle the entire process for you?
  • What does the cost include? Ask if their cost includes harmonies, background vocals, double tracking, vocal tuning, revisions, etc. Be upfront about everything that you will need so that your singer can quote you the appropriate price.
  • Ask if you’ll be getting the vocal multi-tracks. These are the individual dry vocal tracks so that you can mix your song.
  • Have your business questions covered. How much? What is the turnaround time? Is it work for hire? How do they accept payment? Will their be a write up with terms?

 

Doing your part to make everything go smoothly.

There are a few things that you can do on your side when hiring demo session singers online. These simple things will help the process go smoothly, make everyone involved happy, and keep you from having to spend more money on time to fix mistakes.

  • Be very clear with what you want your final result to be. Provide the producer and singer with a lot of references.
  • Explain the emotion that you want the song to convey so the singer can take that into consideration when performing.
  • Send over a clearly typed lyric sheet with all parts labeled (Verse, Chorus, Etc.)
  • If you have a reference recording with a “dummy vocal” on it make sure that the producer and singer can clearly hear the melodies and phrasing. Writing melodies and phrasing typically isn’t included with a “session vocal”. Chat with your singer and see if they are open to writing the melodies/phrasing if you don’t have that part written.
  • Send a good mix of the instrumental for the singer to perform to. Bad mixes can be uninspiring and complicated to perform with.

 

I hope this article provided you with some insight on hiring demo session singers online. Typically, going online for your studio vocals can be super affordable and a great experience.
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Tips for Lyricists – Making a List and Checking it Twice.

We write a lot of lyrics. On average at least a song a day either for ourselves, production libraries, or our wonderful clients. Since I am the primary lyric writer here I have to stay inspired all of the time. Somedays can be very tough. I’m sure you have had them. Sitting there scratching your head and nothing is coming out. This short post explains what I do to keep my creative juices flowing, how I organize my thoughts, and how I keep from running out of ideas.

 

The first thing I’ll say is that I am always searching for ideas even when I am not aware of it. In every day life doing every day tasks I have my ears open for little words and phrases that strike me. I’ll give you an example. I was listening to the radio the other day. It happened to be on the country station. The host of the radio show in between songs did a plug for something and she used the phrase “I hope you all are having a great Monday or at least trying to get it right!”. I thought it was funny because gettin’ it right would be a great modern country hook. I wrote it down. Last night, a good friend and I were writing a song for a Songwriting Team client and my “getting it right” phrase worked. Sort of. We didn’t use those exact words,  but that simple phrase I heard on the radio inspired us to create the line “Is this what it feels like to get it wrong?”. A very compelling first line for this particular song.

 

Keep a list. A good friend of mine that I co-write with often turned me on to keeping lists of words and phrases. Since then I’ve been keeping things in a document on my phone for easy access. He prefers notebooks, and boy does he have a bunch of them. On our first co-write we brought over 3 or 4 notebooks full of titles. Some great, some okay, and some that we probably wouldn’t ever use. It was long after scanning through I found a title that he had and we created the song “Love is Pop”.

 

Sometimes I’ll fill up my list with random things. Objects in a room, places I’ve traveled too, people I know, and so on. Hit songwriter Sia has spoken out about taking this approach. It is how she wrote her Grammy nominated song “Chandelier”. She saw a chandelier, and there you go.

 

I enjoy title writing. I feel that the toughest part of songwriting for me is creating a hook worthy title. When I focus my time on constantly listening for words and phrases that could be a song title I find that I have a much easier time when I sit down to write lyrics. Once I have a title in place the song comes naturally. Now, I don’t always write from a title. As you read in the first example above, my list inspired a great opening line. There are no set rules of where you should start while writing lyrics. It’ll be different each time. I feel lucky though when I already have a title. 9 times out of 10 it means that this write will be effortless.

 

To sum it up.. here are some points to take away:

  • Always be listening for words and phrases when you are watching TV, listening to the radio, out with your friends, reading a book, at work, on a boat, etc.
  • Always write them down! Even if you think they are dumb or worthless write them down. You’ll be surprised.
  • Seriously, always write them down. And do it quick. If you don’t do it then you probably won’t remember it. I can’t count how many great songs I have probably missed out on because of being lazy and saying “Oh, I’ll write it down later”.
  • Create a list of random things. People, places, objects, etc. Jot them down in your notebook.
  • Look for connections. Scroll through your words and phrases notebook and see if any titles come about from simply pairing up different words and phrases. This is a very common way for me to find titles.

 

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